Canadian Journal of History | VOL. 48
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1914: A Very Human Catastrophe

Publication Date Dec 1, 2013

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The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan. Toronto, Allen Lane, 2013. xxv, 677 pp. $38.00 US (cloth). 1914: Fight the Good Fight: Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War, by Allan Mallinson. Toronto, Bantam Press, 2013. xxiv, 503 pp. $59.95 US (cloth), $26.95 US (paper). The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark. New York, Harper Collins, 2012. xxxi, 697 pp. $29.99 US (cloth). July 1914: Countdown to War, by Sean McMeekin. New York, Basic Books, 2013. xviii, 461 pp. $34.50 US (cloth). Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, by Max Hastings. London, William Collins, 2013. xxvi, 628 pp. $49.99 US (cloth). There can be few historical commemorations more significant than the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in August, 1914. The Great War, as it became known, is widely perceived as a watershed in world history. For E.J. Hobsbawm, it marked the beginning of an "Age of Catastrophe" (1) which witnessed the shattering of Europe by two world wars and prepared the way for the subsequent collapse of Europe's imperial domination of the globe. Before 1914, liberal values and belief in scientific progress, nurtured by a hundred years of relative peace, sustained the self-assurance of a civilization that could take its superiority for granted. The years immediately following 1914 changed all that. The unprecedented wartime experiences of mass, industrialized killing, economic regulation and the intensive mobilization and militarization of soci...

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